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 Posted 08/10/2017  11:52 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add aigroeg to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Wondering whether what appears to be a "D" on Lincoln's shirt is a mintmark, and if so, is this unusual?

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 Posted 08/10/2017  12:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


I think what you are seeing is a "D" shaped corrosion spot. These plated zinc coins are notorious for things like that.
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It's just PMD (Post Minting Damage) - your brain takes random patterns and turns them into recognizable things. It's called Patternicity.
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I moved your post to the appropriate forum for the proper attention.
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It does look like a D mintmark but, unfortunately, it is just damage with zinc rot.
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What you see is the result of the zinc core being exposed to environment (air, moisture). This causes "zinc rot", a corrosive "plating bubble" to form. They pop like zits exposing more of the insides. Usually caused by "split plating" where the thin copper plating gets stretched/torn upon striking or by material on core before plating.
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No more mint mark punchings after 1989. In 1990 the mint marks were added to the dies design. Just a mark on the coin. PSD If it were a device, then it would be raised if on the fields. No way it could be a device as that area is deep into the die. If it were die damage, then it would be raised. So it is not a mint error. PSD
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